Quilting: Secret Messages Through Shapes


Join Mrs. Lenox-Barkus at The Kansas African-American Art Museum to discuss the history of quilt codes used during the Underground Railroad. Inspired by the quilt “We Be Like Trees” by African American textile artist Anita Holman Knox, students will create their own coded quilt square as part of a class quilt project.

Standards Alignment: SECD: Social Awareness, Responsible Decision-Making

  • MM slash DD slash YYYY
  • MM slash DD slash YYYY
  • :

Appropriate for ages: Kindergarten, Grade 1, Grade 2, Grade 3, Grade 4, Grade 5

Max Audience: One class per workshop.
Costs: $85 (one 30-minute session).


Sydney Lenox-Barkus

Sydney Lenox-Barkus is a textile artist, designer, and educator who holds a BS from Kansas State University in Apparel and Textiles: Production and Design as well as an ASS from the Fashion Institute of Technology in Fashion Business Management. Sydney is an advocate for sustainability and textile art in education and strives to empower students through fashion design at an early age. By connecting textile art, sustainability, and education, Sydney hopes to encourage self-expression and exploration of nature in her students. Currently, Sydney is seeking a masters degree and licensure to become an art teacher.

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